WordPress Resources

I’ll be adding to this list, so please let me know if you have any WordPress resources you think should be added here. For those of you who want to understand WordPress PHP better, be sure to check out: http://adambrown.info/b/widgets/easy-php-tutorial-for-wordpress-users/

WordPress Books

  • The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, 3rd Edition – While there are many wonderful online CSS resources, this book was an exceedingly helpful resource when I was getting started to give me quick access to common CSS tips and tricks.
  • Digging Into WordPress – I love this book but also recommend it with some reservations as many of the recommended plugins are outdated and the code examples are out of context or not applicable to the context in which they are set. I would get Professional WordPress first and use this book for its other helpful tips.
  • WordPress Theme Design – Very helpful for theme developers but a bit more complicated than it needs to be. I prefer to “tweak” an existing simple theme than go through the developing every bit of a theme from scratch as suggested in this book. However, the examples he provides and overview of theme pages and parts is very helfpul.
  • WordPress for Dummies – A must read for newbies. The section on theme development is very helpful.
  • Professional WordPress – For advanced users, this book really helps to take your theme customization skills to a whole new level. The custom query chapter has many helpful code examples, all of which work!
  • WordPress Plugin Development – I haven’t read this yet, but it looks awesome. I can’t wait to check it out.
  • NEW!!!! WordPress All in One for Dummies – 8 books in 1. This 800+ page brick of a book covers all the basic of WordPress as well as SEO, how to create your own plugins, how to set up multi-site, and more!

WordPress Tutorials

WordPress Themes

WordPress Blogs

WordPress Tweeps

WordPress Plugins

So many plugins, so little time! Sigh… Well, here are a couple list to check out to at least make sure you’re in touch with which plugins you really should know about and perhaps put to use:

Angela Bowman

Front-end WordPress developer since 2007 building highly custom websites for nonprofits and small businesses. Experienced in nonprofit administration, grant writing, and technical writing. Love high altitude hiking and backyard chickens.

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14 comments on “WordPress Resources

  1. Hi Angela,

    Long-time twitter follower of yours (@ravijayagopal). I’m the developer of S3MediaVault.com – a WordPress plugin that you can use to securely embed Audio, Video, PDF and other media from your Amazon S3 account. Very useful for protecting your premium and membership content for your WordPress membership site and online courses.

    It integrates with Amazon CloudFront to speed up downloads, creates Video & Audio Playlists, create HLS True Streaming videos, create Transcriptions of Video and Audio files in your S3 account, ability to add Captions to your video, all from right within the plugin itself. You won’t even have to log in to Amazon S3 to do any of this.

    We recently added AES 128-Bit Encrypted Streaming feature, and along with our secret sauce, that makes S3MediaVault probably the *FIRST EVER* WordPress plugin that lets you create streaming videos that are “Impossible to Download”, even with powerful and popular video downloading software like Internet Download Manager (IDM), or browser plugins like Video Downloader or even Video DownloadHelper (even with its companion software download).

    Happy to give you a no-obligations, free copy if you wish to check out the plugin. And we have an affiliate program too.

    Hoping that you would consider recommending S3MediaVault on your website.

    You can also see working demos at https://s3mediavault.com/demo/streaming-video-demo/

    Cheers and thanks for the consideration!

    – Ravi Jayagopal

  2. Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems
    with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no back up.

    Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

    • Yes, WordPress is hacked all the time. I have written a blog post that might help you:


      The biggest vulnerability is through plugins and themes. You need to be careful to delete all OLD and unused plugins and themes and only use plugins and themes that are currently.

      Second, be sure to use strong usernames and passwords.

      Those are the primary reasons I see sites get hacked, and then people don’t clean up the hack properly.

      If you have a site that is repeatedly hacked, it’s probably because you didn’t clean up the original hack or get rid of the original vulnerable files. If so, sign up for Sucuri.net services.

  3. Hi Borgy,

    What lovely images!!! I’m glad to share these with people I know. Perfect for the TwentyEleven theme header. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Wow, what an extensive list you have here. Thanks so much for sharing it. You must have done a lot of research to gather such a great list of resources. The one I’m most excited about checking out is the php tutorial for WordPress users. Great job!

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